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Farmville maker Zynga delays new games after losing 57 million users

Zynga has slashed its financial forecast for this year and delayed the launch of several new titles after reporting weaker-than-expected second quarter results. The company, best known for its FarmVille game on Facebook, has lost 57 million monthly active users since the same quarter last year, dropping to 130 million from 187 …
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Zynga deactivates 500+ employees in major layoff

Online gaming company Zynga is getting rid of 18 per cent of its staff so its remaining employees can have enough resources to stay alive in a mobile device–led world – or so their CEO says. The FarmVille and DrawSomething gambling gaming company announced plans to get rid of over 500 people on Monday in a memo from its …
Jack Clark, 4 Jun 2013
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Zynga plays BLAME GAME with Facebook as stock tanks 40%

Online gaming outfit Zynga has partly blamed competition being opened up on Facebook's platform for the maker of Farmville having to revise down its outlook for the year. The company, which claims some 300 million monthly users, is also struggling to quickly release new games onto the market. We are lowering our outlook to …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jul 2012
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Zynga shares wobble as biz bleeds $85.4m in Q1

Freshly public online gaming outfit Zynga reported a first quarter net loss of $85.4m to Wall Street yesterday. The company, which has catapulted its sales off the back of Facebook, where it derives around 93 per cent of its revenue from the social network, had earnings of $17m in the same period a year earlier. Revenue …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Apr 2012
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Farmville maker Zynga raises $1bn for IPO

An online games company that derives most of its revenue from privately-held Facebook has raised $1bn in its initial public offering. That figure is second only to Google's IPO in 2004, when the world's largest ad broker got a $1.9bn leg-up. Zynga, which was founded in 2007 and develops games such as Farmville and Alec …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Dec 2011

Zynga lowers valuation to a bargain $10bn

Social network gaming firm Zynga may seek a lower price than expected for shares in its initial public offering, valuing the company at $10bn. In its latest Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing, the company said a third-party analysis in the third quarter had decided the company was worth $14.05bn, up from the …
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Facebook games teach teens bad habits

A Welsh online safety campaigner is warning that popular Facebook social games encourage bad habits among young users. Charles Conway, an associate member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, says games like Pet Society use virtual cash to reward players interacting with strangers. He says out that in a game designed …
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Web2.0rhea browser axed

Flock, the browser with built-in Web2.0rhea, is to be discontinued. The project burned through $30m of capital investment, a rather expensive way of acquiring 9 million non-paying users, and became an early emblem of slack-jawed social networking hype. Flock received enormous coverage when it was unveiled in 2005, including …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Apr 2011
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News Corp to trade music for games, readies MySpace sale

News Corp is poised to enter the social gaming sector to get a slice of some of the action Zynga is enjoying with its FarmVille success. Speaking at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit, the head of News Corp’s digital media group, Jonathan Miller said: "Social gaming has a business model. People who play FarmVille actually spend real …
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Creepy as hell: Facebook developers get to know you better

Facebook has added APIs for developers to access the home address and mobile numbers of users, so FarmVille can see where, as well as who, you are. Permission to access such data must be given through the usual notification system, but with the vast majority of users simply agreeing with everything they're asked, the new …
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Facebook gets poked in latest privacy gaffe

Facebook’s privacy rules aren’t as watertight as the company would have its users believe, after the Wall Street Journal uncovered that some of the social network’s most popular apps have siphoned off personal information to ad firms and internet tracking outfits. According to the report, many Facebook apps have transmitted …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Oct 2010
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One third of Brits are gamers

Blame Farmville, blame iPhone apps, blame mini-shockwave games, but we are all gamers now. Or to be a precise, a third of us - those British men (34 per cent) and women (31 per cent) who say they are gamers. This is the finding of the 2010 survey into European gaming attitudes, compiled by the ISFE and ELSPA, two trade bodies …
Drew Cullen, 1 Jul 2010
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FarmVille moooves onto iPhone

FarmVille, the game enjoyed by millions to the bemusement of everyone else, is in the iTunes app store – for those who can't bear to be separated from their crops. The free download promises all the pointless monotony and social climbing of the Facebook version, though not using Flash obviously. Farmville on the iPhone When …
Bill Ray, 24 Jun 2010

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